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Chai-Spiced Sugar Cookies

Chai-Spiced Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze

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Chef Michelle channels one of her favorite fall beverages, a chai latte, into these warm-spiced sugar cookies. Allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger infuse the cookies as they bake (yes, your kitchen will smell amazing). The citrusy glaze on top balances the spices and adds a bright, sweet pop to each bite.


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    By Chef Michelle

    By Chef Michelle

    Nutritional info

    • Calories 460
    • Protein 5g
    • Total Carb 82g
    • Total Fat 13g

    Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

    Ingredients & Equipment

    What we send

    • stick unsalted butter
      stick unsalted butter
    • granulated sugar
      2/3 cup
      granulated sugar
    • vanilla extract
      1/2 teaspoon
      vanilla extract
    • flour
      1 cup
    • baking powder
      1/4 teaspoon
      baking powder
    • baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon
      baking soda
    • navel orange
      navel orange
    • powdered sugar
      1/2 cup
      powdered sugar
    • parchment paper
      parchment paper
    • ground ginger
      1/2 teaspoon
      ground ginger
    • ground allspice
      1/4 teaspoon
      ground allspice
    • ground cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon
      ground cinnamon
    • ground cloves
      1/8 teaspoon
      ground cloves
    • ground cardamom
      1/2 teaspoon
      ground cardamom

    What You’ll Need

    • eggs
    • kosher salt
    • black pepper
    • baking sheet

    Cooking Steps

    1. Prepare ingredients

      Prepare ingredients

      Preheat oven to 350°F. Place butter in a large bowl and set aside to soften at room temperature, about 10 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Cream butter and sugar

      Cream butter and sugar

      To bowl with softened butter, add granulated sugar. Whisk vigorously until mixture is pale and fluffy, 1-2 minutes (this technique, called creaming, gets easier as the butter continues to warm and soften; if you have a hand mixer, even better!). Add vanilla and 1 egg; whisk until mixture is fully combined, 2 minutes more.

    3. Finish cookie dough

      Finish cookie dough

      In a separate large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice mix, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of black pepper until fully combined. Add flour mixture to bowl with butter-sugar mixture and gently stir until dough is just combined. Wipe bowl from flour mixture clean and reserve for Step 5.

    4. Form and bake cookies

      Form and bake cookies

      Working with 1 tablespoon at a time, roll cookie dough into balls (you should get about 13) and place on prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly golden around the edges, 12-14 minutes.

    5. Make orange glaze

      Make orange glaze

      While cookies bake, halve orange. In bowl from flour mixture, squeeze orange to yield 2 tablespoons juice (save any remaining orange for a snack). Add powdered sugar to bowl with juice and whisk until smooth. Set orange glaze aside until cookies are baked and cooled. Use the remaining downtime to get ahead on dishes or relax and enjoy the sweet smells filling your kitchen.

    6. Plate chai-spiced sugar cookies

      Plate chai-spiced sugar cookies

      Once baked, let chai-spiced sugar cookies cool on baking sheet at room temperature for 5 minutes. Drizzle over orange glaze and enjoy your sweet treat!

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